The 2012 Creative Economy conference is a rare opportunity that will mark the coming together of powerful debate from across the continent, live and rich provocation from pioneering international practitioners and thinkers, and the unprecedented collaboration of arts institutions from 40 African countries to shape dialogue and a shared experience.
The aims of the conference are to provide practical analysis and reflective overview of the current status of African creative economy. This should help consolidate emergent African expertise in this area while providing critical thought necessary in navigating the unfolding realties the sector is faced with.
Its main objective is to assess and share research done to date on the African creative economy in order to inform advocacy strategies in support of the African creative sector, rigorously interrogate the available research on cultural themes, provide a platform for African professionals to share their insights on the African Creative economy aspects and to identify areas of further research, links, opportunities and potential relationships.It offers to researchers, artists, civil society, donors and cultural workers from Africa the opportunity to network, get practical analysis and reflection of the African creative economy from an African perspectives and realities.The African Creative Economy Conference 2012 offers two parallel programmes – one specifically exploring up-to-date researches, experiences and debates, the other is a series of practical know how exchange trainings and workshops. The closing gala dinner will be featuring performances from renowned African artists’ members of Arterial Network.
The ACE conference will take place from November 14 to 16 at Hotel Ngor Diarama in Dakar, Senegal.
Senegalese Minister of Culture and Tourism H.E. Youssou N’Dour will officiate this Year’s edition of the Conference. Youssou N’Dour is a Senegalese singer, percussionist, songwriter, composer, occasional actor, businessman and a politician.
In 2004, Rolling Stone described him as “perhaps the most famous singer alive” in Senegal and much of Africa. Since April 2012, he has been Senegal’s minister of Tourism and Culture.